Today I read 1 Nephi 3, the very well known story of Nephi attempting to get the Brass Plates. I have often wondered why Laban, clearly a wicked man, was so attached to the Brass Plates? I mean he accuses Laman of being a robber and throws him out of his house, then he sends his servants to kill Nephi and his brothers when he sees their wealth. So he is clearly not a man of God, so why was he so attached to the record? Could it just have been petty pride? The old I have something you want so I’m not going to give it to you act? Or was there something else attached to it?
I really don’t have the answer and it makes me wonder about Laban and what he thought about the Brass Plates and the genealogy of his fathers. Was he concerned about where he came from? I doubt it. Maybe his heart was hardened just to help Nephi rely upon the Lord and trust in him. To teach him how to be more spiritual. I think it certainly helped Nephi for sure, but was that really the reason? I don’t know. I do know that Nephi was very resilient and did not give up on the commandment the Lord had given him. He gives us a great example to follow. Until tomorrow.